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About the Course

Clinical trials are experiments designed to evaluate new interventions to prevent or treat disease in humans. The interventions evaluated can be drugs, devices (e.g., hearing aid), surgeries, behavioral interventions (e.g., smoking cessation program), community health programs (e.g. cancer screening programs) or health delivery systems (e.g., special care units for hospital admissions). We consider clinical trials experiments because the investigators rather than the patients or their doctors select the treatment the patients receive. Results from randomized clinical trials are usually considered the highest level of evidence for determining whether a treatment is effective because trials incorporates features to ensure that evaluation of the benefits and risks of treatments are objective and unbiased. The FDA requires that drugs or biologics (e.g., vaccines) are shown to be effective in clinical trials before they can be sold in the US. The course will explain the basic principles for design of randomized clinical trials and how they should be reported. In the first part of the course, students will be introduced to terminology used in clinical trials and the several common designs used for clinical trials, such as parallel and cross-over designs. We will also explain some of the mechanics of clinical trials, like randomization and blinding of treatment. In the second half of the course, we will explain how clinical trials are analyzed and interpreted. Finally, we will review the essential ethical consideration involved in conducting experiments on people....

Top reviews


Jul 04, 2018

High quality course ! covering important areas and detailed lectures, more and better than a mere introduction. Congrats ! My only regret : I'd have liked to hear more about NI and equivalence trials


Oct 26, 2019

Excellent beginner course on design and interpretation of clinical trials, complements a lot of what I reviewed on my classes and I would like to take a more advanced course on the topic. Thank you.

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By Johannes K

Mar 19, 2020

I can fully recommend this Course!

By Jennifer D

Jun 21, 2018

Very thorough and well-explained!

By Rohit S R

Oct 13, 2019

test were hard but time was good

By Anaïs F

Mar 23, 2017

Very well, lot of information !

By Eduardo D M R

Oct 29, 2019

Its a great course I loved it

By Etienne D

Sep 21, 2019

An excellent overview o RCT!!

By Paula C L

Feb 09, 2019

Excelente curso muy practico!

By Noor e m

Nov 20, 2016

simple, easy and to the point

By Melody R

Sep 16, 2016

Great course and instructors!

By Alaa m

Apr 01, 2018

excellent very useful course

By Laurence L

Jan 14, 2020

Synthetic and user-friendly

By JoonHo L

Apr 08, 2018

Good. easy, and informative

By Anderson E Q A

Feb 12, 2018

excellent corse! thank you!

By Rafael M - P

Feb 22, 2020

Awesome and clarifying.

By Zhanwu C

Aug 23, 2018

This is a great course!

By David B

Feb 25, 2018

Very clearly presented

By Jelle S

Dec 25, 2016

Short but very useful!

By Yu C L

Sep 05, 2019



Oct 21, 2018

el curso es excelente

By Dickens O

Jan 16, 2018

I enjoyed the course

By Maciej K T

Oct 31, 2017

Excellent, engaging

By Twaib S

Jan 16, 2019

i like this course

By Yupu W

Dec 02, 2016

Very GOOD lesson!!

By Gustavo A M G S

Jul 23, 2019

Great experience!

By Caroline P

Jan 23, 2018

Very good course!